17″ Laptops – the New Choice for Working From Home

29th July 2020
Woman working from home on a 17" laptop

Screen size matters when working from home.

According to data, around 1.7 million people in the UK mainly work from home. A further 8.7 million said that they have worked at home at some point.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing numbers of workers have been forced to ditch the office and work from home. And while many are enjoying it, other’s have found it difficult to work from home due to not having the right equipment.

Those who enjoy working from home might be able to continue doing so even after the pandemic, so if you don’t want to always commute, 17″ laptops are ideal for working from home or on the go. 

Work Smarter with these 17″ Laptops

Mobile phones are the most common type of device for people to use on the go, with 66% saying they use them. However, when it comes to working, a mobile screen is too small, which is why the second most common type of device is laptops, with 45% reporting use of their laptop or tablet to connect to the internet. 

Laptops with smaller screens can also make working from home more of a struggle, which is why we suggest you and your team use 17″ laptops, such as the Razer Blade Pro 17, the HP ProBook 470 G7, or the Dell XPS 17. These bigger displays make all types of work easier, whether you’re an accountant or a graphic designer. But to help you choose the right one for you, we’ll break down our favourite 17″ laptop choices.

1. Razer Blade Pro 17

Razer Blade Pro 17 front open view

The Razer Blade Pro is a 17″ laptop that was designed for gaming but is also great for those who want a reliable and high performing work laptop. What makes the Razer Blade Pro an excellent contender for a laptop with great performance is the Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU.

With the Razer Blade Pro, you also benefit from the 17.3 inches full HD display, making all tasks a doddle. Storage isn’t a problem with this laptop as it comes with a 16GB of RAM (that can be extended to 64GB) and a 512GB SSD. When it comes to portability, this laptop is average, as it has a battery life of around five to six hours and weighs 6.1 pounds.

Cost is the only setback for this laptop, as the Razer Blade Pro costs around £2,000 to buy upfront. If you really have your eye on this fast performance and reliable laptop but can’t afford the upfront cost, then leasing is the perfect solution. The Razer Blade Pro 17 is available to lease with our 3-year warranty and technical support at £22.25 per week.

2. HP ProBook 470 G7

HP ProBook 470 G7 Laptop front open view

Another laptop that is great for business, with excellent CPU performance is the HP ProBook 470 G7. The Intel Core i7 processor coupled with the AMD Radeon 530 graphics ensures for smooth performance, no matter what you’re using the laptop for. The ProBook 470 G7 comes with 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD, so storage isn’t an issue.

That big beautiful screen is 17.3″ FHD IPS anti-glare and is WLED-backlit, so whether you use the laptop for work or gaming, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how clear the resolution is. Did we mention that the HP ProBook 470 G7 is much more affordable than the Razer Blade Pro? This laptop is much more affordable and comes with an abundance of great features. You can lease the HP ProBook 470 G7 for £9.45 per week, inclusive of our 3-year no quibble warranty and technical support.

If you need your laptop for working with CAD there are also the HP ZBook 17″ mobile workstations available from £19.47 per week, or £33.00 per week if you add SOLIDWORKS software.

3. Dell XPS 17 9700

Dell XPS 17 front open view

Dell XPS 17 9700 comes with a long-lasting battery life of 15 hours plus, so if you need a laptop that can last all day without being charged, then this is the perfect option for you. In terms of portability, the Dell XPS 17 is a small and light solution, as it weighs 5.53 pounds.

There are two options when it comes to this laptop, an entry model and a high spec model. Both come with a variety of appealing features, such as excellent core processors, plenty of storage, and a great screen display. The high spec laptop is slightly more costly but offers more than the entry model laptop. 

The entry model Dell XPS 17 comes with a 10th Gen Core i5 processor, an Infinity Edge screen display, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, 25GB SSD (with the option to get up to 1TB), and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. The high spec Dell XPS 17 comes with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, a 4K touch screen display, 32GB to 64GB of RAM, 1TB or 2TB SSD, and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics.

Both laptops are great choices for those who are looking for work from home laptops. However, the high spec Dell XPS 17 can be quite expensive while the entry model lacks the exceptional features of the high spec.

But as ever, there’s a solution to the pricing, you can try leasing from HardSoft. The Dell XPS 17 9700 starts at £24.50 per week and, again comes with our 3-year warranty and technical support. Have a look at our more in-depth guide on the Dell XPS and find out more about our laptop leasing prices.

Find Your Ideal 17″ Laptop

When it comes to finding the right laptop, it can be very confusing and frustrating, because there are so many different ones which all come with different features. If you’re looking for a new laptop for work and need a practical, high performing, and portable laptop, check out our guide on the best 17″ laptops available on the market.

Contact our expert team now if you want to find affordable computer leasing solutions for your business and team. Call 020 7111 1643 or email sales@hardsoft.co.uk